Operations Director Chris Beadle has announced his retirement after a 50-year career with air conditioning ductwork contractor Hotchkiss.
A long-term champion of the apprenticeship system, his own journey from apprentice to company director has allowed him to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation by assisting Hotchkiss Chairman George Humphreys in developing a Trailblazer apprenticeship initiative.
From left, Peter Emanuel, FSW Air Conditioning Product Manager; Ian Carroll, Fujitsu Sales and Marketing Director; Andrew Thomas, FSW Air Conditioning Technical Manager and John Hobley, FSW South and South West Regional Manager
Fujitsu Air Conditioning (UK) has underlined its commitment to industry training by providing a range of equipment to the FSW training centre in Southampton.
FSW is a longstanding Fujitsu distribution partner and the support will mean local contractors and industry professionals can learn more about the latest air conditioning systems and technology available.
Fujitsu has supplied FSW with single split systems including R32, as well as an Airstage J-IIS Mini VRF and Airstage VR-II heat recovery system. In addition, there is a full selection of indoor units, including cassettes, ducts, floor standing and wall mounted products, alongside Fujitsu’s full range of controls.
Lou Frankland, left, with Finance Director Allison Howgate, centre, and Joanna Robinson
Air management expert Mansfield Pollard has appointed Lou Frankland as Sales Director. The company is now led by a board of directors where 50 per cent of positions are held by women; a first in its 150-year history.
With only 9 per cent of the UK’s current workforce in this sector being female, Mansfield Pollard is spearheading a campaign to attract more women to the sector and hopes that other companies in the industry will follow. The company is led by Managing Director Joanna Robinson, who believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation. Record growth in the last 12 months has been based on the company’s ability to respond to customer needs and continue to provide new products and service offerings.
Tim Hopkinson is the new Managing Director of ventilation ductwork manufacturer and installer E Poppleton and Son. He had previously spent six years as Managing Director of Hargreaves.
Mr Hopkinson, who will become President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) later this year, said he was delighted to be joining the 93-year-old family-owned business because of its strong reputation for quality and project delivery.
He added that his close friendship with Gareth Vaughan, the previous Managing Director of Poppleton, who passed away suddenly last year, had also played a major part in his decision.
He will work alongside Sue Vaughan, who has been managing the business since December 2015.
“I know some people will be surprised that I would leave a large and successful company to join a much smaller family-owned business, but I could not resist the opportunity and am very excited about this new challenge,” said Mr Hopkinson.
“This is a great company with a fantastic reputation. My friendship with Gareth and Sue gave me a unique insight into the ethos of Poppleton and I look forward to steering it into a new era.”